How Long Would It Take to Lose 80 Pounds by Using a Treadmill?
By Solomon Branch
Any weight-loss program will focus on creating a calorie deficit. To burn 1 pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 more calories than you consume. MayoClinic.com recommends dropping 500 calories a day from your diet to start this process. As long as you are consuming as many calories as you are burning, this means you can lose 1 pound a week, even before exercise is taken into consideration: 500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories. Exercising is recommended as the way to lose the second pound.
According to Health Services at Columbia University, some studies have shown that running outdoors will burn 5 percent more calories than a treadmill, while others say it doesn’t make a difference at all. Setting the incline at a higher grade will make up for any difference, due to increased resistance. It’s safe to say that running on a treadmill will burn about the same amount of calories as running outdoors.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends doing cardiovascular exercise, which includes running on a treadmill, for 60 to 90 minutes at a time, five to six days a week, to lose weight. According to MayoClinic.com, a 200-pound person running at 5 mph will burn 728 calories an hour, and a 160-pound person will burn 584 calories. Adjusting the incline setting on the treadmill will increase the amount of calories burned by a bit, just as it would if you were running up a hill. If you are just beginning to exercise, start by going at a slower pace on the treadmill and gradually increase your speed over several weeks.
Consult a doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. A doctor may prescribe a special, low-calorie diet to jump start your weight loss or if you are obese, and he can check your health to verify you can run safely on a treadmill. To avoid boredom, listening to music while running on the treadmill can help. Avoid the urge to lose a lot of weight quickly. Unless your doctor advises you otherwise, stick to the recommended goal of losing 1 to 2 pounds per week.